Willo Enduro about to get into gear

The Willo Enduro heads into its eight year running on Sunday, March 11.

About 500 riders are expected to take part in the annual event in memory of James Williamson who passed away seven years ago while competing at the Cape Epic.

The Willo is popular among many mountain bikers for several reasons.

The Wingello course is easy to access from both Sydney and Canberra.

The Willo uses the well-loved trails at Wingello State Forest, it is a family friendly race as well as being a challenge to the many elite riders who support this event each year.

Brendan Johnston has won the Willo for the past two years in a row, and hopes to be returning in 2018 to claim a his win for the third time.

Riders choose between distances of 25KM, 50KM or 75KM.

There is also a 13KM race for younger riders.

The Willo is a non-profit event, with proceeds being put back into Junior Development with an annual camp for junior mountain bikers held at Jindabyne.

The event is held over five hours. Rolling presentations throughout the day create an energetic and active environment in the Event Centre.